Here at Our Children Our Village, we see the value in everyone. We want to be a catalyst for positive change for single parents and their children. We’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded encouragement, education and empowerment. Learn more about our mission, our vision, and how we go about making the changes we want to see.
Our Children Our Village is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization operated in Hampton Roads, Virginia that knows our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives.
Recognizing that single parents sometimes experience life differently than other families, we are committed to addressing their concerns surrounding their emotional, financial and physical stability. Back in April of 2019, our Non-Profit Organization realized that through networking, outreach, community resources, and partnerships we could overcome our challenges much more efficiently by creating a support system of other families, and that is why we ultimately decided to launch Our Children Our Village.
Meet the Founder
Nicola Smith is a single parent herself with a now adult son. As once a teen mom, she understands the struggles and difficulties that many single parents experience. She went on to complete a bachelor’s degree while balancing the needs of caring for her son and his various activities growing up and volunteering in the community. Throughout her time as a single parent, she connected with other single parents and although their stories of how they became single parents may have been different, their concerns and needs are the same. She began to envision a way to connect single parents together to find support, encouragement and friendships with others that understood our lives, even the parts where we struggle silently. Out of her life experiences and the shared experiences of others, her vision for Our Children Our Village was born. She is a motivational speaker, professional, community volunteer and a visionary for how to empower, to educate, and to enrich the lives of the members of her community around her.